You want to know how to care for your newly transplanted hair grafts after you return home from a hair transplant. These grafts are still fragile and require some nurturing before they can take root. Before a hair transplant patient leaves Nashville Hair Doctor, we provide detailed instructions for home care. These are the things we love to stress:

What to do after a hair transplant?

After your procedure, you should have someone drive to take you home. Although hair transplant surgery is not usually sedated, it’s a good idea to have someone drive you home if you’re given one.

For the first seven days, do not sleep with your head raised. Most patients will experience swelling for only a few days. Others may not feel it at all. As a makeshift bed, a recliner can be very helpful. You can do a lot of Netflix binge-watching while sitting in a recliner.

Ask your doctor or nurse what medication is safe to use.

Ice should be applied just above your eyebrows to prevent swelling. This is most common on the third or fourth day after surgery.

Wash your hair gently for the first 5 days. Day 3 is the most gentle. Do not scrub your scalp too hard, and don’t spray the water directly onto your scalp.

DO use a cup to wash your scalp.

To relieve itching, gently apply conditioner to your scalp.

If you are unable to dye your hair for at least four weeks, do not color your hair until the day before the procedure. It will not cause any harm to your hair if you dye it before having hair transplant surgery.

Do not forget to hydrate before and after your hair transplant surgery.

Do not be surprised if some hair falls out of the transplanted areas within 2 to 4 weeks. This is normal and part the natural hair-growth cycle. However, this doesn’t mean the hair follicles have been damaged. Within three months, your hair will grow back.

Do Not Go to a Hair Transplant

DON’T: Don’t lie flat on your stomach or side. Or, rub your new hairline against the pillow.

Do not be alarmed if your experiences swelling, particularly on the days 3 and 4.

DO NOT: Do not apply any ice directly on the transplanted parts of your scalp. These areas should not be touched with any other products.

DO NOT: Avoid scabs forming on your scalp. Scabs are a natural outcome of your scalp being poked and prodded. You should let the scabs form on your head until they disappear on their own, much like you would allow a scab to form on your knee.

DO NOT: Shampoo your hair within the first 48 hours.

DO NOT: Rub your scalp. Itching is common in the first few days following a hair transplant.

DO NOT: For the first three days, don’t wear any hats. It takes three days for the scabs to heal after a hair transplant. It is best to avoid touching your head during this period.

DON’T: Do not expose your scalp to direct sun for more than two weeks. Cover up with a hat after three days. Hair transplant patients often take vacation time to recover from their procedure. It is acceptable to enjoy the outdoors or at the beach, provided you do not get sunburned. Scuba diving is not recommended.

DO NOT: Do not engage in strenuous exercise within the first few days after your hair transplant. Be careful when exerting – your blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar must remain in a safe zone up to the time that the swelling is under control. For gym-goers, this can be difficult. This could mean that you have to switch between pumping iron and running for light cardio.

Don’t sweat excessively by engaging in any activity

DON’T: Don’t dye your hair for more than four weeks following your procedure. The harsh chemicals could cause problems with the transplanted hair follicles if they are still in their initial state after transplantation.

Avoid alcohol consumption for five days following the procedure. Alcohol in your system could cause problems with blood flow to the head.

Do not smoke for at least a month following surgery. Blood flow is essential for the growth and maintenance of hair. If you aren’t currently quitting smoking, it would be a good idea to do so.